Saturday, December 1, 2007

One Good Punch by Rich Wallace

This book is short.. very short. A boy must decide whether or not to tell the truth when he's busted for drugs in his locker. His decision could either ruin the life of his childhood friend, or ruin his chances of running track in a good university, getting out of town, and making a life for himself. Oh, and his possibly lesbian friend from forever really wants to have sex with him but he's to weirded out and doesn't want to. Chapters of the book are devoted to descriptions of what it feels like to run up and down hills, and obituaries of people who have lived their whole lives in the dying city of Scranton.

It's a guy book, I guess. I had trouble relating to the character, I think the author was trying for average and came up with sort of bland instead. Some sections of the book rang true.. and his parents aren't alcoholic but the story spends more time with his friend Joey's parents, who are. I'm giving it a NAY.


At December 4, 2007 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Anne Keller said...

I agree, Nay. A boy book. The book was way too short for character development and found myself not really caring at all about the characters. It was a very fast read and might appeal to some reluctant readers, but due to lack of substance, I give it a big nay.

At December 10, 2007 at 5:05 PM , Blogger Katie said...

This book is classic Wallace--young man struggling to find himself in a stifling town, strange father figures, angst with a female friend. I think it is a must-have for collections, but a nay for Thumbs Up.


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